Pencil Correct Grasp
- 1-2 years old
- Children often hold their writing tool like a dagger, scribbling using their whole arm.
DIGITAL PRONATE GRIP
- 2-3 years old
- All fingers are holding the writing tool but the wrist is turned so that the palm is facing down towards the page.
- Movement now comes mostly from the elbow.
- Children should start being able to copy a horizontal, vertical and circular line.
FOUR FINGER GRIP
- 3-4 years old
- Four fingers are held on the writing tool.
- Movement is mostly from the wrist and the hand and fingers move as one.
STATIC TRIPOD GRIP
- 4-6 years old
- This is a three finger grasp, where the thumb, index finger and middle finger work as one unit.
DYNAMIC TRIPOD GRIP
- 6 or 7 years old
- Using only three fingers to hold the writing tool.
- This is the ideal grip to help move the pencil efficiently, accurately.
How should your child hold his/her pencil?
- Pick up your pencil-use your pointer and thumb.
- Let it dangle,this is step one.
- Use your other hand to rotate pencil around.
- Until, it reaches it's pillow where it gently lies down.